love isn't an appetizer

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: July 31, 2018

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(Lights come up on stage. There's three decorated tables on the stage. Each has a flower, two glasses, a beautifully flowered napkin piece, and rolled silver ware. The walls on stage are painted a deep maroon, and there are pictures of the original Hollywood brat pack adorning the walls. There's a host waiting at the host stand doing a cross word puzzle.)

(Ryan, and Drew enter through the main door of the cafe. Ryan is dressed in a beautiful dress, and her hair has been done specifically for the occasion. Drew on the other hand is in a old pair of jeans, a tight ironic shirt with Ironman on it, and he hasn't shaved today. The host mumbles some sort of greeting while he continues working on his crossword puzzle.)

Host

Hello, and welcome to Cafe Myder. 

 

Drew

I don't know why you're giving me so much shit, I'm here aren't I?

Ryan

Yes, but it would have been nice if you had tried to look nice. We haven't seen each other in 8 months, I would have thought that I would be worth more then wearing the same thing that you wear everyday. 

DREW

You'd like to think that wouldn't you. Plus, I do not wear this everyday, I haven't worn this shirt in like a year. 

RYAN

No, you wore that shirt exactly 8 months ago. When we went out the last time. I can't even fathom the words for how disappointed I am right now. 

DREW

I'm sorry okay, I just feel like I can be myself in this shirt. Can you chill out so we can have a good time? 

(Drew turns to the host)

Can we get a table for two please?

HOST

Of course....actually sir. This cafe requires a jacket and tie. I'm sorry, but it's the policy set by the management.

DREW

Really? Shit. Ryan, do you mind if we go some place else? I wasn't expecting that I would have to dress nice. 

RYAN

Yes I do mind. 

HOST

We can rent you a jacket and tie if you'd like. 

DREW

You guys rent them? Yuck. 

RYAN

It's not that big of a deal Drew, I'm sure that they have them washed. 

HOST

Actually, I don't think that we do. 

DREW

Ugh. Okay, is there a place nearby that I can possibly get one?

HOST

Yes, but it's 2 blocks away. 

DREW

Ryan, are you really set on eating here?

RYAN

Yes.

DREW

Okay, I'll be right back. 

. She looks defeated as he exits the through the door.)

HOST

Would you like to be seated while you wait for him?

RYAN

Okay, I suppose that would be alright. 

(The host leads Ryan to the table in the middle.)

HOST

Here you go Madame, your waiter will be Corey. He'll be with you in a few minutes. 

RYAN

Thank you. 

(Ryan starts to look at the menu as the host goes back to his stand. A few minutes later another couple enters through the main doors. The man is dressed to kill in a spectacular tux, and the woman is dressed in a tight little black dress.)

Gwen 

Oh Paul, it's absolutely amazing. 

Paul

Nothing, but the best for my beautiful girlfriend. 

(kisses Gwen and turns to the host)

Can we get a table for two, and a bottle of your most expensive champagne?

HOST

Of course sir, if you will follow me. 

(The host leads the couple to the empty table next to Ryan. Gwen looks for a moment before realizing that she knows Ryan.)

GWEN

Ryan? Ryan Potter?

(Ryan looks up from the menu, and gives a very fake smile.)

RYAN

Oh, hi Gwen. 

GWEN

I didn't imagine I'd be seeing the likes of you here, are you still with Drew?

RYAN

Um, yes I am. 

GWEN

How "lovely", is he still working on being a camera man? Oh I almost forgot this is my boyfriend Paul. Paul's dad was the creator of 20th Century Fox. 

RYAN

Oh, um that's great Gwen. No Drew works as a special affects make-up artist. He won an Primetime Emmy for Babylon Five a few years ago. 

PAUL

Wait, does your boyfriend happen to be Drew? Drew Huffler? He's done some amazing make up, what's he up to currently?

RYAN

You can ask him yourself, he'll be back in a few minutes.  He had to run and pick something up. 

PAUL

Well send him over when he comes back.  I'd love to meet him. Nice meeting you. 

(Gwen glares at Paul for being so nice to Ryan as they head to their own table. Ryan goes back to looking at her menu, she's starting to get nervous since Drew has been gone for a pretty long time. Corey the waiter enters and heads towards Ryan.)

Corey

Hi, can I take your drink order?

RYAN

Oh, um. My friend hasn't come back yet, could we wait for a minutes. (Ryan looks up from the menu, and stares sadly at the waiter.)

COREY

Can I get you started on something? You look like your in need of a pick me up. 

RYAN

What's a pick me up?

COREY

It's this very special drink that's especially meant for a special lady. It's served in a champagne glass, 1 shot of Cognac V.S.O.P, 1 1/2 freshly squeezed orange juice, 1/4 shot pomegranate/grenadine syrup, Top up with Brut Champagne. It's garnished with a lovely orange zest twist.

RYAN

Could I please have one of those, and could you please bring my friend a vodka tonic?

COREY

Sure, I'll be right back with it. 

RYAN

Thank you. 

(Ryan goes back to reading her menu, she looks up to see if Drew is coming back yet. She pulls her phone out of her purse to see if she has missed calls or text messages. As she's going through her phone, Drew comes back into cafe wearing a very nice jacket accompanied by a nice tie.)

DREW

Sorry that I took awhile, I had a hard time finding a jacket that would go with this stunning tie. 

RYAN

(looks up, and smiles at Drew) You look great in the tie, brings out the grey in your hair. 

DREW

(sits down opposite Ryan) Ha. I'm glad you like my grey hair, I was worried my age might make me less attractive to you. 

RYAN

I will always find you amazingly attractive, even with your grey hair. So ha!

DREW

I should start charging you a kiss every time you say one of my catch phrases.

RYAN

Oiy. That's going to be a lot of kisses. 

DREW

You need to start paying up. 

 

(Drew and Ryan begin to kiss, and are interrupted by the waiter Corey bringing their drinks. They stop kissing as Corey puts their drinks down in front of them.)

DREW

How did you know I wanted a vodka tonic?

COREY

Your date told me. (Corey flashes him a smile, and moves to the table next to them). 

DREW

(takes a sip of his vodka, and smiles.  He reaches over and grabs her hand.) That's my girl. 

(As they continue holding hands, Paul comes over to their table interrupting their ever romantic moment.)

PAUL

Drew? Drew Huffler? It's so wonderful to meet you. 

(Drew looks awkwardly towards Paul, and then to Ryan.  Paul takes Drew's hand and shakes it.)

DREW

Hello. It's nice to meet you as well.  I believe you've met my friend Ryan.

PAUL

Oh well by the way Gwen was talking to me about Ryan, I would have thought you two were an item. 

DREW

Gwen?

(Gwen gets up and comes over to their table as well. Drew looks freaked out.)

GWEN

Hello handsome

(Gwen places her hand on Drew's shoulder which makes both Paul and Ryan uneasy.)

It's been awhile. 

PAUL

Wait, how do you and Gwen know each other?

DREW

Oh, um she was at a workshop that I was teaching at a few  months ago. She attended one my classes, and I never saw her again. 

GWEN

Don't be so modest, I was one of the only people that showed up to your class.  You were so impressed with the progress that I made that you took me out for a drink after.

DREW

Um, I think you must have me confused with someone else. 

PAUL

Wasn't that back in June, when I was out of town visiting my parents in Ohio? 

RYAN

Yeah, weren't you out of town that June Drew?

DREW

Babe, I swear I don't know what she's talking about. 

GWEN

Unless out of town was at the Marriott Suites in Santa Monica...

RYAN

Santa Monica huh?

PAUL

You told me you were going to go visit friends in Santa Monica...you told me nothing about a workshop.

RYAN

Wow...yeah this is news to me as well. 

GWEN

Well, I see things have gotten awkward. Lets go back to our table Paul. 

(Paul doesn't follow her, instead he just stands there.  He's a bit torn up inside, same as Ryan whose just looking at everyone and trying not to cry.)

Paul?

PAUL

I think I need to go. Drew, what I was originally going to say to you doesn't matter.  What does matter is that you should know that Gwen here isn't exactly clean. Gwen, I hope that you can get your shit out of my apartment by this evening, and oh I was planning on proposing to you this evening. However, I feel as though my mother would break my neck if I gave you my grandmother's ring. Ryan, I just wanted to let you know that I hope you don't stay with this guy.  I know that I'm just meeting you, but I think you're absolutely gorgeous. Here's my card, drop me a line if you ever want to get into acting, or you simply want to go out for coffee.

(Paul exits cafe)

RYAN

Wow...so 

DREW

Babe I swear, I have no idea what's going on. 

RYAN

I go from being the love of your life, to being your friend, to being babe? I don't even have a clear category in your life, so why should I bother to be apart of it anymore? I should have known when you didn't even bother to look nice tonight that something was up, but I so deeply wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt.  That was clearly a mistake. 

GWEN

Well he does look great in the Ironman shirt, he always has.

(Drew's face goes pale, and he glares at Gwen.)

DREW

Shut up Gwen.

RYAN

You know, I think I've had all that I can stomach this evening. Gwen, I hope you make him really happy. Drew, enjoy being a selfish prick. 

(Ryan throws her drink in Drew's face, and walks out of the cafe. Drew just sits there for a moment, his muscles are tight and he looks like he wants to kill someone.)

DREW

Thanks Gwen.  Thanks for totally destroying my life. 

(Drew finishes his drink, and leaves the cafe.)

GWEN

I guess people can't handle a bit of honesty in their lives.

(Gwen sits down at her table, and we see Corey the waiter come back out.  Without missing a beat Gwen gestures to her wine glass, and Corey exits to get more wine. Lights fade to black.)

Fin

 


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